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Pragmatic Experiential Method (PEX) Therapy

Pragmatic Experiential Method (PEX) Therapy

“If you want your partner to treat you well, you need to learn to think and act like people who almost always get treated well by their partners – and you certainly don’t want to think and act like people who hardly ever get treated well.”

— Brent J. Atkinson, Ph.D. Creator of PEX model

 What is the PEX Method?

The PEX Method for Improving Relationships is a research-based, psycho-educational model designed to help partners rewire their brains and, in turn, any relational habits that might have proven ineffective. Rooted in the research of John Gottman and neuroscience, the PEX method offers you step-by-step concrete tools that once mastered, are highly predictive of relationship success.

Based on principles developed by Dr. Brent J. Atkinson, author of Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances in Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships,the PEX Method helps us wield own brain power in a way that elicits desired responses from one another. In essence, it teaches you and your partner to treat one another exactly how you want to be treated.

Not only does our team embrace the science and research behind this method, but every one of our therapists has also been trained personally by Brent Atkinson in the PEX methodology.

    With the PEX Method, our couples therapists can help you and your partner:

    • Identify the internal “signals” that could be causing your relationship dysfunction

    • Better understand your own “Emotional Brain” to develop a more mindful and engaging relationship

    • Stand up for yourselves effectively, without putting each other down

    • Regulate the differences in your respective nervous system wiring

    • Cultivate more respect, cooperation, and understanding within your relationship

    • Develop new, more effective emotional habits

    • Stimulate internal states that naturally foster greater intimacy and connection.